Serna Imperial Reserva 2010 de Bodegas Escudero y Licenciado Reserva 2016 de Bodegas Burgo Viejo encabezan, con 95 puntos cada uno, la relación de los mejores riojas a precio asequible realizada por la revista Decanter. Con 94 puntos aparece Vendimia Seleccionada Crianza 2016 de Bodegas Heras Cordón y con 93, Sierra Cantabria Garnacha 2015 y Muriel Reserva 2015.
Los catadores analizaron 183 de las marcas que en Gran Bretaña cuestan entre 10 y 20 libras (de 12 a 24 euros). Sus puntuaciones establecieron que en esa muestra había dos fuera de lo común, 13 altamente recomendables y 109 recomendables. Entre las conclusiones, que la denominación muestra una “notable y consistente calidad” y que muchos de los riojas catados,“merecerían un precio mucho mayor”.
Estos son los vinos que han alcanzado más de 90 puntos:
Escudero, Serna Imperial Reserva, Rioja, 2010
The Escudero family started making wine in 1852 and, four generations on, it is still very much a family business. They own a total of 150ha of vineyards, of which 120ha are located on the southern slopes of the Monte Yerga mountain range, where the grapes for this wine are…
Burgo Viejo, Licenciado Reserva, Rioja, Baja, 2016
Bodegas Burgo Viejo is the property of six farming families and comprises more than 200ha of vineyards in the Rioja Oriental region, from where the more full-bodied styles of Rioja are produced (see ‘Regional Profile’, p42). Historically, the bodegas sold their high-quality grapes to neighbouring wineries, until the arrival of…
Heras Cordón, Vendimia Seleccionada Crianza, Rioja, 2016
Sumptuous dark plums, mocha, cedar and vanilla oak; inviting and elegant with a velvety backbone and layers of fine tannin.
Sierra Cantabria, Garnacha, Rioja, Northern Spain, 2015
An enticement of red and black fruit underpinned by a smoky, creamy, opulent core and stylish, tightly woven tannins. Superb!
Bodegas Muriel, Reserva, Rioja, Northern Spain, Spain, 2015
An explosion of dried fruit, wild strawberries and dark chocolate; exceptionally smooth and supple with a very long, flavoursome finish.
Bodegas La Catedral, La Gitana Gold Reserva, Rioja, 2015
A vivacious complexity of smoky tobacco, black tea and plump, ripe fruit; deliciously fresh and mouthwatering with a long, expressive finish.
Altos de Baroja, Rioja, Northern Spain, Spain, 2017
A lovely depth of smoky savoury oak notes and a delicious raspberry coulis richness; engaging, powerful and long.
Altos R, Pigeage, Rioja, Northern Spain, Spain, 2016
Laden with sweet ripe cherries, raspberries and bold spice notes; full and structured with a delectable acidity and fine tannins.
Biurko Gorri, Biurko Crianza, Rioja, Northern Spain, 2015
Supremely rich and vibrant cassis, mulberry and smoky, toasty oak persist through to the textured, lively finish.
Bodegas Alvia, Mileto Reserva, Rioja, Northern Spain, 2012
Fabulously mellow and mature with plump prunes, chocolate and spice. Ripe and rounded with lush oak and a long finish.
Tobelos, Tobelos Crianza, Rioja, Northern Spain, Spain, 2015
Supple and juicy summer fruit pudding, spice and a lashings of creamy oak. Generous, vibrant and truly delicious.
Isidro Milagro, 5 Oros Vendimia Seleccionada Graciano, Rioja, Spain, 2015
Another star performer in the Affordable Rioja panel tasting. Plush, herbal, and a little more textured and layered than other Gracianos. Tobacco, briary fruit and plum, with nice concentration and crisp acidity holding the palate together with great aplomb.
Landaluce, Fincas de Landaluce Crianza, Rioja, 2016
Wonderful clarity of red fruit, charcoal and tarry oak; textured and rich with a velvety structure and a long, smooth finish.
Marques de Reinosa, Reserva, Rioja, Northern Spain, 2015
A rush of berry and cherry fruit with generous pepper notes; warm and welcoming with a long, tangy finish.
Martínez Laorden, Lanzado Crianza, Rioja, 2015
Lively red fruit with notes of graphite, tar and saline elegance. Very full and smooth with a rich, long finish.
Bodegas Montecillo, Montecillo Crianza, Rioja, 2016
Broad, generous red cherry fruit with layers of smoke and spice, a grip of savoury tannin and an expressive finish.
Bodegas Ontañón, Reserva, Rioja, Northern Spain, Spain, 2011
Beguiling sweet dark forest fruit combines with elegant savoury notes; fine and focussed with a powerful driving finish.
Bodegas Perica, David Perica, Rioja, Northern Spain, 2016
A ripe, plump lifted style with bags of sweet cinnamon spice, elegant fruit, fine velvety tannins and a rich finish.
Bodegas Ruiz de Viñaspre, Gran Reserva, Rioja, 2009
Chocolate, vanilla, essence of raspberry and a whisper of forest floor savouries. Broad and full bodied with a resinous finish.
Bohedal, Gran Bohedal Crianza, Rioja, Northern Spain, 2016
Plush velvet plum, quince and blueberry characters; powerful and concentrated with rich, generous oak and a sensuous finish.
De Alto Amo, Rioja, Northern Spain, Spain, 2018
Mouthwateringly rich summer fruit pudding and plum with a contrast of bright acid freshness. Stylish with an attractive finish.
Faustino Rivero Ulecia, Reserva, Rioja, Northern Spain, 2016
Rich, succulent plums, myrtle and vanilla underpinned by a bright acidity; gentle and creamy with a lifted fresh finish.
Finca Nueva, Reserva, Rioja, Northern Spain, Spain, 2010
Supple fleshy red fruit with a wonderfully mature leather complexity and savoury undertones; smooth, mellow, rounded and mouthfilling.
Sierra Cantabria, Crianza, Rioja, Northern Spain, 2016
Impressive dark fruit intermingled with tarry leathery oak and balsamic hints; compact, muscular and full of youthful promise.
Bodegas Vallobera, Graciano, Rioja, Northern Spain, 2017
Beautifully perfumed violet, peony and carnation aromatics with a sumptuous interplay of blackcurrant, spice and finely tapered tannins.
Viña Ijalba, Crianza, Rioja, Northern Spain, Spain, 2016
Plums and cassis contrast nicely with savoury smoky bacon notes; dense and succulent with a long velvety finish.
Viñedos de Aldeanueva, Marques del Norte Reserva, Rioja, Spain, 2015
Dark Tempranillo fruit and clearly defined damson Garnacha characters with a dollop of rich, creamy oak and bold tannins.
Vivanco, Crianza, Rioja, Northern Spain, Spain, 2016
Packed with sweet red berry fruit, plums and vanilla spice with an underlying saltiness. Full, generous, persistent and defined.
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